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Concert Review: Tribal Seeds Are Reggae Punkers At Gramercy

Immediately entering Gramercy, the air had a certain scented smoke that was unmistakable. I FULLY expected this “scented smoke” to be at The Tribal Seeds concert, and like my Nothing But Thieves experience, Gramercy always attracts artists and crowds that embody a culture. For Tribal Seeds, by presenting themselves like the “punkers” of Reggae, they unite the influence of music icons Bob Marley and Sid Vicious to reveal their “working class” motivations/ gripes.
Tribal Seeds – Roots Party (Lyric Video)

We all inspire each other for better or worse, but music has the opportunity to do it for better. As the Tribal Seeds coursed through their Roots Party record, I felt moved that of all the influences they chose, it was Marley’ and Vicious’ music of catharsis. Both men came from impoverished, working classes that taught them keeping your “cool is not easy when life and money matters get in the way. Thus, I am convinced that if Bob Marley and Sid Vicious got together they would have created Tribal Seeds; a “tour de force” group that asks you to stop living so forced.
Tribal Seeds – Rude Girl (Full Song)

It seems natural that Tribal Seeds attracted the “after-work” crowd in the same way music legends often do; through their mutual ambiance of calm and venting. Yes, tracks like, “Aroma”, “Gunsmoke”, and “Roots Party” radiated in positive vibes and virtues we all need to absorb. Yet, for however much the band ignited  light energy, there was an inherent relaxation to their music that felt ironic when their lyrics were about struggling to do so. In this world, we work too hard to achieve peace, but work too little to actually keep it. To Tribal Seeds, their ultimate, music goal was to make sure listeners did not give away the inner calm they need and work so hard to gain, of which Steven Jacobo and Luis Castillo are prime professors.
Tribal Seeds – Roots Party Tour (Jan 10 – Feb 19, 2018)

Whether it was screeching into the mic or tussling between swaying their dreads or shaking their hands, lead singer Steven Jacobo brought the Marley to the show while Luis Castillo brought out the Sid Vicious.  If someone told me Jacobo was the creator of “chilling”, I would believe it. Yup, Steven Jacobo created “chilling” as an act, and since then the whole world has been trying to chill. Jacobo is BOB MARLEY’s vocal twin, which made his calmer dynamic play beautifully with Luis Castillo’s more aggressive, forward style. Yet, their essences never strayed from bringing forth Music’s most universal plight/topic: a call for inner peace in hopes it becomes outer.  For More Information On Tribal Seeds Click Here.

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